Violence Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old violence quotes, violence sayings, and violence proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.     

Isaac Asimov

As long as people use violence to combat violence, we will always have violence.

MICHAEL BERG

Violence is not a catalyst but a diversion.     

Joseph Conrad

The sight of blood to crowds begets the thirst of more, As the first wine-cup leads to the long revel.

Lord Byron

Violence does, in truth, recoil upon the violent, and the schemer falls into the pit which he digs for another.

SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE

A man with a briefcase can steal millions more than any man with a gun.     

Don Henley

A society that presumes a norm of violence and celebrates aggression, whether in the subway, on the football field, or in the conduct of its business, cannot help making celebrities of the people who would destroy it.     

Lewis H. Lapham

I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent.     

Mahatma Gandhi

I write about violence as naturally as Jane Austen wrote about manners. Violence shapes and obsesses our society, and if we do not stop being violent we have no future.

Edward Bond

If you strike a child, take care that you strike it in anger, even at the risk of maiming it for life. A blow in cold blood neither can nor should be forgiven.

George Bernard Shaw

People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.

George Orwell

We fear violence less than our own feelings. Personal, private, solitary pain is more terrifying than what anyone else can inflict.

Jim Morrison

Nonviolence doesn't always work -- but violence never does.     

Isaac Asimov

Violence and smut are of course everywhere on the airwaves. You cannot turn on your television without seeing them, although sometimes you have to hunt around.

Dave Barry

When liberty comes with hands dabbled in blood it is hard to shake hands with her.

Oscar Wilde

Violence is an admission that one's ideas and goals cannot prevail on their own merits.

Edward Kennedy

Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The sword of murder is not the balance of justice.     

Julia Ward Howe

You must show the world that you abhor fighting.

Bishop Desmond Tutu

Violence can only be concealed by a lie, and the lie can only be maintained by violence.

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Power and violence are opposites; where the one rules absolutely, the other is absent. Violence appears where power is in jeopardy, but left to its own course it ends in power's disappearance.     

Hannah Arendt

In America all too few blows are struck into flesh. We kill the spirit here, we are experts at that. We use psychic bullets and kill each other cell by cell.

Norman Mailer

We must unite. Violence against women cannot be tolerated, in any form, in any context, in any circumstance, by any political leader or by any government.     

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

More and more leaders around the world are joining the struggle. More and more individuals understand that any abuse of any woman is intolerable.     

Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro

If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn't sit for a month.     

Theodore Roosevelt

There are only two forces in the world, the sword and the spirit. In the long run the sword will always be conquered by the spirit.

Napoleon Bonaparte

iolence is not merely killing another. It is violence when we use a sharp word, when we make a gesture to brush away a person, when we obey because there is fear.

Jiddu Krishnamurti

Violence isn't always evil. What's evil is the infatuation with violence.

Jim Morrison

It is better to be violent, if there is violence in our hearts, than to put on the cloak of nonviolence to cover impotence.     

Mahatma Gandhi

They attack the one man with their hate and their shower of weapons. But he is like some rock which stretches into the vast sea and which, exposed to the fury of the winds and beaten against by the waves, endures all the violence.

Virgil

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